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Walsall 1-0 Swindon Town

Swindon's League One survival hopes suffered a major setback after defeat at Walsall left them two points from safety with two games remaining.

Joe Edwards' 85th-minute winner for Walsall was a blow for the 22nd-placed Robins, especially with the two sides above them - Port Vale and Bury - having a game in hand.

Walsall almost led inside a minute as Jason McCarthy would have swept home Kieron Morris' cross from 10 yards out if not for Robins defender Dion Conroy's goalline clearance.

Swindon responded as Fankaty Dabo lashed inches wide from 25 yards and Ben Gladwin was denied a brilliant solo goal by a superb one-handed stop from Walsall keeper Craig MacGillivray.

Town's Charlie Colkett curled inches wide on the stroke of half-time and despite being second best after the break they almost won it with nine minutes left.

However, MacGillivray produced another wonderful fingertip save to thwart Gladwin's glancing header and Walsall won it four minutes later.

Substitute Erhun Oztumer picked out Edwards and he advanced into the box before drilling a cool finish across Lawrence Vigouroux.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 4O'ConnorBooked at 56mins
  • 32O'Connell
  • 5McCarthy
  • 14OsbourneSubstituted forDobsonat 75'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 11Morris
  • 2Edwards
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forOztumerat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 6Dobson
  • 9Jackson
  • 10Oztumer
  • 35Hayles-Docherty
  • 36Candlin
  • 37Ganley

Swindon

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Vigouroux
  • 27Barry
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 25Conroy
  • 21DaboSubstituted forBrophyat 77'minutes
  • 23Ince
  • 4ThomasSubstituted forGoddardat 66'minutes
  • 20Colkett
  • 7Gladwin
  • 19Ajose
  • 9Obika

Substitutes

  • 3Ormonde-Ottewill
  • 5Rodgers
  • 10Goddard
  • 11Brophy
  • 12Henry
  • 22Starkey
  • 33Norris
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
5,196

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Dobson (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dion Conroy (Swindon Town).

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Adam Chambers (Walsall) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Bradley Barry.

  8. Post update

    Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0. Joe Edwards (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Goddard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. James Brophy replaces Fankaty Dabo.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. George Dobson replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Matt Preston.

  20. Post update

    Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd442810686454194
2Bolton4323101063362779
3Fleetwood4422121061412078
4Scunthorpe4422101275522376
5Bradford441918758421675
6Millwall4419131262511170
7Southend4419121369521769
8Rochdale441910156960967
9Bristol Rovers441812146362166
10Oxford Utd44189176052863
11Peterborough441611175857159
12MK Dons441513165654258
13Walsall431416135052-258
14Wimbledon441317145252056
15Charlton441218145552354
16Northampton441410206070-1052
17Oldham441215173043-1351
18Gillingham441213195776-1949
19Shrewsbury441212204561-1648
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale431112204468-2445
22Swindon441111224361-1844
23Chesterfield44910254073-3337
24Coventry44812243565-3036
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